Reasons for Exemption
South Coast AQMD, as Lead Agency, has reviewed the proposed project pursuant to: 1) CEQA Guidelines Section 15002(k) – General Concepts, the three-step process for deciding which document to prepare for a project subject to CEQA; and 2) CEQA Guidelines Section 15061 – Review for Exemption, procedures for determining if a project is exempt from CEQA. The only physical modifications that may occur as a result of the proposed project are associated with implementing the building enclosure requirements, which may be achieved without involving construction or via minimal construction activities, depending on the affected facility. Further, the removal of copper metal finishing tanks and operations from Rule 1426 is expected to have no adverse effect on the environment. Compared to hexavalent chromium, nickel, cadmium or lead, copper has only acute non-cancer health effects at a higher relative concentration and the fugitive emissions of copper from these operations are not anticipated to cause acute health effects. For these reasons, it can be seen with certainty that implementing the proposed project would not cause a significant adverse effect on the environment. Therefore, the proposed project is exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3) – Common Sense Exemption.
Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino